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Ferrari F8

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Ferrari F8

(2019 - present)

    Summary


    First unveiled at the Geneva motor show in Spring 2019, the Ferrari F8 is a mid-engine sports car that is available as both a coupé and a convertible.

    The Ferrari F8 is the successor to the Ferrari 488, and is the latest in a long line of mid-engined V8 Ferrari sports cars that dates right back to the 308 GTB of 1975. The F8 Tributo has the same twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 engine as the 488, but the F8 produces an additional 50hp, making it the most powerful stock V8 sports car that Ferrari have ever produced.

    This performance tweak has not gone unnoticed by the British media; Top Gear labelled the Ferrari F8’s engine “an absolute masterpiece”, while Motoring Research remarked that the F8 is “the finest imaginable tribute to a remarkable run of mid-engined Ferrari V8 sports cars.”

    Reviewers also commend the Ferrari F8 for its stunning exterior looks that muster nostalgic memories of the V8 Ferraris of old, its great handling, and surprisingly its day-to-day practicality, prompting the Daily Mail to call the F8 Tributo the “everyday Ferrari”.

    Conversely, some reviewers conclude that the Ferrari F8 does not do enough to distinguish itself from the 488, and the F8 has received criticism for its so-so in-car tech.

    The biggest point of contention for the Ferrari F8 is its price tag. The F8 Tributo coupé costs £203,476, roughly £20,000 more than the Ferrari 488 coupé at launch, while optional extras like Apple CarPlay cost an extra £2,400 on top.

    As of August 2022, the Ferrari F8 holds an impressive Expert Rating of 88%, based on 20 reviews published by UK media sources.

    Ferrari F8 highlights

    • Most powerful conventional V8 Ferrari ever produced
    • Exhilarating driving experience
    • Surprisingly practical (for a mid-engined supercar…)
    • Stunning exterior design

    Ferrari F8 lowlights

    • Very pricey
    • Disappointing in-car tech
    • Some optional extras should be standard
    • Not a big progression from the Ferrari 488

    Key specifications


    Body style: Coupé and convertible
    Engines: petrol V8
    Price: From £203,476 on-road

    Launched: Spring 2019
    Last updated: Autumn 2019
    Replacement due: TBA


    Media reviews


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    No safety rating

    As of August 2022, the Ferrari F8 Tributo has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP. Based on its price and exclusivity, it’s unlikely to ever happen – but if it does, we’ll publish the results here.

    Eco rating


    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    No eco rating

    As of August 2022, the Ferrari F8 Tributo has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. We’re not expecting the F8 Tributo to ever get tested by Green NCAP, but if it does then we’ll provide details here.

    In the meantime, you’ll have to imagine just how environmentally friendly a turbocharged petrol V8 supercar is likely to be.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Ferrari F8 has received

    2020

    • Sport Auto Awards – Best Imported Production Coupé
    • Red Dot product design awards – Outstanding design quality

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